BARI GALUST!

That's the way we say welcome to all who come to Armenia, the name of which has been associated with the homeland of Noah's Ark after the Flood. Armenia, officially the Republic of Armenia, is located in the Southern Caucasus, though culturally, historically and politically it is considered to be a part of Europe, being a transcontinental nation between Europe and Asia. It is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, Iran to the south, and Azerbaijan to the east and southwest. Armenia is the first country who adopted Christianity as the state religion in 301 A.D. The church is called “Apostolic Church of Armenia”. It also has the denomination ‘‘Gregorian Church’’ which comes from the name of St. Gregory the Illuminator – the founder of the first Christian Armenian church at Vagharshapat (Echmiadzin). St. Echmiadzin is the religious center of all Armenians throughout the world and the residence of the Supreme Patriarch and the Catholicos of All Armenians. The Armenian native language is an independent branch of the Indo-European languages. The inventor of the Armenian alphabet was Mesrop Mashtots (c. 405 A.D.), who created an organic structure formed of 36 letters, a sing for each sound. Three more letters were added later.

Armenia is the first country who adopted Christianity as the state religion in 301 A.D.